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This page is intended to define terms commonly used in Warhammer 40,000.

Imperial Terms

Abhuman
Human subspecies, evolved from the earliest human colonists to suit their new environments. See Abhuman.
Emperor's Peace
Act of euthanasia for a soldier or civilian who has been mortally wounded.
Heresy
A religious opinion, act or doctrine going against the Imperial creed. Heresy is often not merely an unconventional religious viewpoint, but the act of Chaos worship.
Heretic
A person guilty of heresy.
Imperial Creed, Imperial Cult
The state religion of the Imperium. Its underlying principle is the worship of the Emperor as a god. See Imperial Cult, Ecclesiarchy.
Loyalist
A person who has remained loyal to their oaths given to the Imperium.
Manufacotorum: A large factory/manufacturing complex.
Mutation
A genetic or physical change in a living organism, caused by exposure to the Warp. See Mutation.
Pariah, Pariah Gene
A rare genetic trait that makes the individual "invisible" in the Warp. See Blank.
Pict
Photography and video recordings
Psyker
A genetic mutation that attunes the individual to the Warp and allows them to focus the energies within into various powers. See Psyker, Librarian.
Traitor
A person who has rebelled against the Imperium.

Ork Terms

Boy
A rank-and-file Ork adult, as opposed to a Nob. Comprises Shoota Boyz and Slugga Boyz. See Ork Boyz.
Dakka
Attack, shoot, gunfire, noisy weapon (Derived from the sound of automatic gunfire).
Grot
Gretchin, servant, slave.
Kart
Vehicle.
Nob
Noble (Pronounced like "Knob").
Ooman
Human.
Orky
Properly Ork-like, good, green.
Shooty
Emphasizing ranged combat.
Snik
Cut, kill.
Stompy, Choppy
Emphasizing melee combat. Opposite of shooty.
Teef
Ork teeth, used as currency in Ork culture.
Waaagh
("War")
Ork battlecry.
Massive Ork invasion/migration. See Waaagh.
(as prefix) "We are" or "tribe of".
Yoof
A young Ork.
Zog
"Go away."

Tau Terms

Also See: Tau Lexicon

Caste
The different types of Tau that are grouped into certain aspects that have predefined jobs within the Tau society. See Caste System.
Aun
Ethereal Caste, spiritual and worldly leaders of the Tau.
Fio
Earth Caste, laborers and engineers.
Kor
Air Caste, pilots and explorers. Responsible for the Tau Space Fleet.
Por
Water Caste, merchants and diplomats.
Shas
Fire Caste, soldiers. See Fire Warrior.
Mont'ka
Killing blow. The more aggressive half of Tau military doctrine.
Kauyon
Patient hunter. The subtle counterpart of Mont'ka.
Sho'kara
Tau gateway used in the Tau version of Warp travel.
Gue'la
Tau term for humans.

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